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Saturday February 02, 2019

From MinnPost

Event to celebrate Robert Bly and his ‘Collected Poems’; Club Book’s winter/spring lineup
By: Pamela Espeland

The picks

Friday at the Parkway: Ben Wendel Seasons Band. First, the remarkable band: multi-reedist and Kneebody co-founder Ben Wendel, pianist Aaron Parks, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Eric Harland. All leading, in-demand, accomplished jazz artists. Second, the project. Inspired by Tchaikovsky, Wendel wrote a suite of 12 original compositions, then recorded one per month with 12 different duet partners and released them as a series of widely praised YouTube videos. Hundreds of thousands of views later, he’s out with an album and the above-named band. It’s all so imaginative, and the music is so interesting, and the band is so great.

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